The Deceiver (film)

The Deceiver is a 1931 American pre-Code mystery film directed by Louis King. The film stars Lloyd Hughes, Ian Keith and Dorothy Sebastian. John Wayne makes a minor appearance as a corpse. The film premiered on November 21, 1931.

The Deceiver
Directed byLouis King
Written byJack Cunningham
Abem Finkel (story)
StarringLloyd Hughes
Ian Keith
Dorothy Sebastian
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byGene Havlick
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 21, 1931 (1931-11-21)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot overview

Actor Reginald Thorpe is found dead in his dressing room, stabbed in the back. Suspects abound. Most of The Deceiver takes place in the Broadway theater where matinee idol Thorpe (Ian Keith) is starring in a production of Othello. A rat with women, Thorpe has scattered broken female hearts all along the Great White Way, giving lots of people plenty of incentive to murder him. Sure enough, he is murdered, as is another fellow who holds a vital clue as to the identity of the killer. Second-guessing the detectives, hero Tony (Lloyd Hughes) tries to solve the mystery himself, if only to clear heroine Ina (Dorothy Sebastian) of suspicion. The guilty party is tricked into confessing by the cagey Tony.


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